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post #11 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 05:26 PM
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Our Appy gelding takes care of my daughter. He'll stop if need be if she gets off balance. OTOH, if I fell off, I think he'd snicker. But as long as he takes care of my daughter, he is free to be less than enthused about me.

My mare probably thinks she takes care of me. Unhappily, her definition of taking care has sometimes involved fleeing at high speed from an imagined predator. That is protection I can do without.

Although she doesn't like dogs, she once 'took care' of our Border Collie. My sister brought over her 125 lb dog, and 45 lb Jack thought he was going to die. He wasn't, but he believed he was. He got trapped in a corner on the outside of the corral where it makes an L shape. As the larger dog approached (wanting to play), Mia sprinted across the corral, put her feet on either side of Jack, pinned her ears back and bared her teeth at the other dog. The other dog threw it in reverse. She then sniffed Jack, made sure he was OK, turned, and trotted away. She may not like Jack, but he is part of her world and she is a very responsible mare.

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post #12 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 05:36 PM
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My horse takes care of her rider. I'm happy plonking just about anyone up there as she's very serious about making sure they stay there.

If she does spook and you lose your balance, she'll try to come back underneath you and rescue you. If that fails and you hit the deck anyway, she'll stop and wait. Many years ago, I remember riding bareback on the trail, she spooked, and somehow I tipped off forward and ended up underneath her. I remember lying on the ground and seeing hooves all around me and thinking of quite a few expletives. The horse jumped over me and then stopped and waited for me to get back up.

That's worth it's weight in gold in a horse.
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post #13 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Our Appy gelding takes care of my daughter. He'll stop if need be if she gets off balance. OTOH, if I fell off, I think he'd snicker. But as long as he takes care of my daughter, he is free to be less than enthused about me.

My mare probably thinks she takes care of me. Unhappily, her definition of taking care has sometimes involved fleeing at high speed from an imagined predator. That is protection I can do without.

Although she doesn't like dogs, she once 'took care' of our Border Collie. My sister brought over her 125 lb dog, and 45 lb Jack thought he was going to die. He wasn't, but he believed he was. He got trapped in a corner on the outside of the corral where it makes an L shape. As the larger dog approached (wanting to play), Mia sprinted across the corral, put her feet on either side of Jack, pinned her ears back and bared her teeth at the other dog. The other dog threw it in reverse. She then sniffed Jack, made sure he was OK, turned, and trotted away. She may not like Jack, but he is part of her world and she is a very responsible mare.
My Appy gelding takes care of me too. It must be an Appy thing!
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post #14 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 06:56 PM
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Hmmm. Not really. If I fall and he's in a good mood he'll stop, but at other times he tries to make me fall. So it's touch and go. He reads people very well though. Around my younger sister he tends to be very calm and tolerant and patient, waiting for her to understand, but around my dad he's got a lot of energy and enthusiasm. With me, well, I think he enjoys my frustration lol.
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post #15 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 06:58 PM
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Oh good golly... Where do I even start?! I'm just going to start off by saying that I was BLESSED to have grown up with such amazing horses! Any other horse would have killed me with half of the stunts I pulled (and continue to pull... though hopefully nowhere NEAR as stupid).

Doodles:
I rode this horse around for a good two years without much supervision.
Once, we were out riding bareback, like always, and I didn't have any shoes on. Well, we're loping across a field, and all of the sudden, she slams her brakes on, and I go flying off, well, all except for my left ankle. She stood like a rock while I PULLED myself back up! Never budged! I was so far off that I could've touched the ground with my right foot!

Another time, we were riding through the woods, and I decided to ride her under a branch.. Well, that didn't work out so well and I kinda got STUCK between the saddle and branch. She stood like a rock while I slid off of her back, then waited patiently for me to find a rock to climb back on.

For awhile, when I was going through my "speed demon" stage, I would take her out bareback (we've already established this, lol) and GALLOP across a field, after jumping a log, the whole time with my hands in the air and a grin plastered on my face.
Basically, if I could say ANYTHING to this mare, it would be "THANK YOU for NOT killing me!!!!"

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post #16 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 07:10 PM
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Let me just say, YOU GUYS ARE BALLSY.

I refuse to even gallop LOL
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post #17 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 07:34 PM
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Well, different horses have taken care of me in different ways. But, if I could have the very first horse I had as a child back today...man, I would give anything. She was a babysitter extraordinaire! She was large and stout, but athletic enough to make up for really horrible mistakes and keep me on top - and I always rode bareback, then. That sweet lady was truly a saint.

But, on the ground the other day I gave my appyX big kudos for protecting me. She and my little haffie "get into it" sometimes when I am working w them both. The haffie is young and in a "flash" she had all her attention on "getting even" w my mare and charged to take a "swipe and run", however, she was in a direct line to collide w me. I had nothing with me (no whip), and b/c of the close proximity and angles, I don't know that anything other than running would have helped. My mare wasted no time cutting and putting her off, and then standing to shield me. It is hard to say if anything would have come from it since the potential collision was prevented...but, my sweet lady saved me!

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #18 of 18 Old 09-16-2013, 07:39 PM
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I'm not sure if I would say my horses take care of me, but they trust me to take care of them.

My new addition, Misty, who was kept almost isolated and insulated from the world and was labeled as super reactive, has simply been looking for a leader that she could happily follow.

Example: We were trail riding on some trails I haven't been down for years. They were quite rough, with blow downs ect. We were dong just fine navigating when all of a sudden a tree about 6 to 8 inches in diameter fell in front of her. Bless her heart she did a little jump and waited for her rider to let her know what she should do. We walked over the now downed tree and carried on as if nothing happened.

So, while I'd love to believe that if I fell or lost my balance my horses would do all within their power to "help" me, I'm pretty sure they would simply head for green pastures and chalk it up to that was my choice and who where they to question it.
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